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Summary: Using the familiar old song, "Gimme That Old Time Religion" this sermon points out that religion never saved anyone.

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The Old Time Religion

Matthew 12:43 – 45

43"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

44Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

45Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation."

Here’s a song that’s sung many times in churches.

Refrain:

Give me that old time religion,

Give me that old time religion,

Give me that old time religion,

It's good enough for me.

1 It was good for Paul and Silas,

It was good for Paul and Silas,

It was good for Paul and Silas,

It's good enough for me. [Refrain]

2 It was good for the Hebrew children,

It was good for the Hebrew children,

It was good for the Hebrew children,

It's good enough for me. [Refrain]

3 It was good for our mothers,

It was good for our mothers,

It was good for our mothers,

It's good enough for me. [Refrain]

4 Makes me love ev'ry body,

Makes me love ev'ry body,

Makes me love ev'ry body,

It's good enough for me. [Refrain]

That’s a good song.

Unfortunately, religion never saved anybody!

I believe many church people will end up in hell.

Why?

Because they got religion, but never were really saved.

In our Bible text this morning

Jesus was speaking to a group of Scribes and Pharisees.

They were very religious people!

The Jews had the opportunity to receive Jesus,

but they rejected Him

in favor of holding onto the Old Testament Law.

As a result of depending on the Law instead of Jesus

Israel had allowed herself to become infested with demons.

Israel had become controlled by religious bigotry, intolerance,

prejudice and many other religious sins.

Question #1 What is an “Unclean spirit?”

43"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

An unclean spirit is a “demon.”

Demons are angels that were cast out of heaven

when “Lucifer” led a rebellion against God in heaven.

Revelation 12:4 says,

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

The word “stars” refers to angels.

Angels were created by God.

They were created “Holy.”

When they chose to “rebel” with Lucifer

they lost their first state and became “unclean” in their nature.

Jude 6 speaks of these demons:

And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode,

Demons have many abilities.

They can tempt and generate fear.

They can cause sickness.

They can take over control of the bodies of animals

and unsaved people, too.

Matthew 8:16

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Matthew 9:32-33

As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. 33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!"

Matthew 15:22

And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."


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